Congressman Cummings Welcomes Race To The Top Grant

December 16, 2011
Press Release

Congressman Cummings Welcomes Race To The Top Grant

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Elijah E. Cummings today welcomed the awarding of a $500 million Race To The Top education grant, which will be split among nine states, including Maryland, which is expected to be awarded $50 million.

The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge fund is a competitive grant program jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. 

“This grant will help the youngest children in our state begin their educations as early as possible so that they can become productive, intelligent citizens, who are ready to lead our nation into the future,” said Cummings. “Although we have struggled to educate our country, nothing is more important to our future as a nation and a civilization than ensuring that the tools of knowledge and wisdom are passed to our children.  That is why we must continue to develop and implement innovative strategies to reform and strengthen our educational system.  I applaud the Obama Administration for its commitment to providing access to quality education for all of our children. I also commend Governor Martin O’Malley, the Maryland State Department of Education, and all of our State’s partners in education for putting together a winning plan for success.

The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge will support the work of the nine state grantees to develop new approaches to raising the bar across early learning centers and to close the school readiness gap. Awards will invest in grantees’ work to build statewide systems of high-quality early learning and development programs.